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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Online Program

Help put better patient care into practice with the online Doctor of Nursing Practice program from The Catholic University of America. Clear your path to advanced and executive roles in today’s evidence-based practice environment through this post-master’s online DNP program from one of the top nursing schools in America.

Ranked #26 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice

– U.S. News & World Report, 2017

With the CCNE-accredited*, practice-based DNP curriculum, you will be positioned to fill a growing need for expert clinical practitioners and administrators now and in the years to come. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing identifies the DNP as a credential that shows proof of the ability to handle increasingly complex nursing responsibilities in practice, education, and leadership roles, as well as to enhance patient outcomes1. Advanced practice nurse leaders are needed from the patient room to the boardroom. Speak to an admissions representative to learn more about the curriculum and graduate career outcomes. 

DNP Curriculum

CUA’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree requires the successful completion of 37 credits. You may be able to receive credit for up to six credit-hours of master's level courses. Speak to an admissions representative to see if you qualify. 

Program coursework covers topics including:

  • Emerging issues in health care and challenges in nursing
  • Standards of practice and health care ethics
  • Principles of epidemiology
  • Public and private financing in health care
  • Clinical research
  • Health care biostatistics
  • Population-based health care management
  • Leadership in nursing

Learn more about the DNP curriculum and learning outcomes.

Explore your chosen specialty focus, role, or patient population with a residency and an evidence-based practice project you’ll complete under the close guidance and support of our faculty members. This practice-based residency will give you the experience and skills needed to improve the nursing practice and the health care delivery system in America. Your project can be used as a professional portfolio to show to potential employers.

Practicing nurses who are interested in transitioning into the role of nurse scientists or nurse scholars may prefer the PhD in nursing program, a research-intensive doctoral degree in nursing that focuses heavily on scientific content and research methodology. The online DNP program, by contrast, is a practice-focused nursing degree that is designed to prepare the next generation of leading nurse practitioners. In either case, the two programs are considered terminal degrees in nursing.

Discover a Track Record of Academic Excellence and Student Support

Here are some reasons to pursue your doctor of nursing practice online at The Catholic University of America’s School of Nursing:

  • Catholic is distinguished by an engaging and encouraging learning community anchored by our enthusiastic, supportive faculty members.
  • The University’s School of Nursing has been awarded many federal grants throughout the years, a recognized indicator of excellence.
  • Graduates of our nursing programs consistently show exceptionally high pass rates on relevant certification exams.

Help meet the demand for advanced practice nurses who can effectively respond to constant change and innovation to create better care for all. Learn the skills necessary for a professional nursing career from one of the best schools for nursing.

Call us at 855-295-5711 or request more information to learn about our online DNP program.


Mentor Letter and Guidelines

1 - AACN Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing,” October 2004,

*The Doctor of Nursing Practice at The Catholic University of America is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.